Black Enterprise, Walmart Host Economic Forum with
Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes, Trade Rep. Ron
“Ron” Kirk, Commerce Chief of Staff Rick Wade and Ot
Invitation-only forum to be held Thursday, January 28 in Washington, D.C.
January 26, 2010 10:30 AM Eastern Time
WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Media Alert
BLACK ENTERPRISE (www.BlackEnterprise.com), the premier business, investing, and wealth building reso
Americans along with Walmart (www.walmartstores.com), the nation’s leading retailer and one of the nation’s la
employers of African Americans, present 20/20 Vision: A Look Ahead at Black America in the Next Econo
Confirmed forum participants include Obama Administration Domestic Policy Council Director Melody C. Barne
Representative Ronald “Ron” Kirk, Commerce Department Chief of Staff Rick C. Wade, Esther Silver-Park
Corporate Affairs, Walmart, members of the Executive Leadership Council and other business leaders.
Unemployment for African Americans is projected to reach a 25-year high this year with the national rate soaring t
according to a recent article in The Washington Post. On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union Addre
ENTERPRISE and Walmart will gather some of the America’s most influential politicians, economists, policy ma
entrepreneurs to develop a series of policy recommendations intended for use by the Obama Administration, busin
organizations and non-profits in combating the national economic crisis. The forum will specifically address three ke
Education and Workforce Readiness; Small Business and Innovation; and Wealth-building and Financial Reform.
Press is invited to cover the event on Thursday, Jan. 28. The day’s schedule includes:
l Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise
l Esther Silver-Parker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart
Introduction and Message from the Obama Administration
l Ronald “Ron” Kirk, US Trade Representative
l Rick C. Wade